Michael Esterman

 

Session Title:

Deployment Trauma: Insights from the TRACTS Cohort of the Effects of mTBI and Blast Exposure in OEF/OIF Veterans

Biography:

Dr. Michael Esterman is a research scientist at VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He received his degree in Psychology at UC Berkeley and completed post-doctoral work at Johns Hopkins University conducting clinical and basic cognitive neuroscience research using fMRI, EEG, and TMS. Dr. Esterman is a co-founder of the Boston Attention and Learning Lab and the Associate Director of Functional Imaging at the VA Boston Neuroimaging Center for Veterans (NeRVe). He is also a co-Investigator in TRACTS, a VA TBI Research Center, and PI or co-I in several other VA, DOD, and NIH funded studies. His basic research program has focused on using psychophysics, fMRI, and non-invasive brain stimulation in order to study and enhance executive function and cognitive control. This includes the development of novel neuroimaging analysis and statistical procedures in the area of multivariate pattern analysis in order to understand and track moment-to-moment changes in cognitive control and sustained attention. Dr. Esterman has also developed novel diagnostic tools for identifying attentional control deficits. His research has resulted in several high-impact peer-review publications directly related to these techniques. In addition, Dr. Esterman has established VA Boston’s NeRVe Neurostimulation Laboratory, with both TMS and tDCS capabilities, and is currently developing neurostimulation protocols for clinical studies in veterans.